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SLAVES OUT OF CONTEXT: DOMESTIC SLAVERY AND THE ANGLO-INDIAN FAMILY, c. 1780–1830*

  • Margot Finn (a1)
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This paper explores the place of domestic slaves in British families resident in India, c. 1780–1830, and the ways in which the presence of slaves within these Anglo-Indian households challenged British understandings of slavery as a practice. Drawing upon probate data, private correspondence and the Parliamentary Papers, it suggests that the history of slavery in the British empire must be situated within wider histories of family, household and kin. Located within the family and often conflated with servants, domestic slaves in Anglo-India came to be seen as dependent female subordinates whose gender and status placed them outside the emerging politics of emancipation.

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R. J. Morris , Men, Women and Property in England, 1780–1870: A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Classes (Cambridge, 2005), esp. 79141

Durba Ghosh , Sex and the Family in Colonial India (Cambridge, 2006), esp. 107–32

Naomi Tadmor , Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, Kinship and Patronage (Cambridge, 2001)

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Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • ISSN: 0080-4401
  • EISSN: 1474-0648
  • URL: /core/journals/transactions-of-the-royal-historical-society
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